Vocal Studies at Shorter University has a long-held tradition of excellence. Building on the fifty-year tenure of the renowned John Ramsaur, Shorter University remains a premier vocal program in the Southeast.
Shorter vocal students include numerous national MTNA winners as well as winners of Regional NATS competitions. This includes Indra Thomas (class of 1993), who was hailed as “the next great Verdi soprano” after highly lauded performances with the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera. In 2006, she made her Italian debut with the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa and was recently featured in a new opera by Ricky Ian Gordon.
Students in the vocal studies program gain a variety of performing experience as solo performers and in ensembles. These include Opera Theatre and Musical Theatre productions, as well as singing with the acclaimed Shorter Chorale.
The Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance is an intense program designed to train the well-rounded singer and musician. The degree centers on private applied voice study culminating in a 25-minute junior recital and a 50-minute senior recital. Students also study Diction, Song Literature, Opera Literature, and Vocal Pedagogy as well as Music Theory and Ear Training, Musicology, Piano, and Conducting.
Shorter also offers a Bachelor of Music in Music Education in Voice.